Saturday, August 29, 2015

Light of Dawn II, 7x5 Small Seascape Oil Painting, Sunrise Over Ocean



It's amazing how you can cross busy Highway A1A and leave the chaos behind just by walking on the crossover to the beach. It's like a curtain comes down behind you and you are in a new world. It's peaceful (usually), and there are waves, and birds, and beautiful light. I get the same feeling when I walk from a busy road into the woods. It is so quiet and peaceful. We are so used to noise in our daily lives that we don't even realize how jarring it really is.

Carmen

Monday, August 24, 2015

Alaska!, 20x16 Oil on Canvas, Landscape Painting



This is a much-photographed scene in Alaska, and since it was July, I got to see Fireweed everywhere. They are the spiky blooms in the foreground. My cousins took us all over Alaska in an RV one summer, and I can only say it is an astonishing place. It's a good thing I took a sleep mask, because it was daylight at midnight. It's so weird to go to bed when it's still daytime outside. In spite of that and the rough winters, there is a lot to love about Alaska.

Carmen

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Broken, 16x20 Oil on Canvas Portrait


This painting has been on exhibit in the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery's "Word" show this month. Artists were given three words to be possible titles for a painting. I picked "Broken" and painted this homeless man. He looks like he has been broken by life; maybe by addiction, or foreclosure, or even an illness that bankrupted him. He has a sad story that is written on his face.

Patrons visiting the gallery opening were given the list of words to see how many they could match to a painting. A very clever idea, isn't it?

Carmen

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Pacific Northwest, 5x8 Watercolor Journal


We've been in the Seattle area visiting relatives and friends, and I recorded various events in my sketch journal. What a handy dandy thing that is. When I can't remember what year or month I did something, I find it in my journal, along with happy memories. First we were in Sequim (pronounced "Squim"), where lavender farms are everywhere, with my cousins, Bill and Louise.


Hap and I in the Big Chair at a lavender farm. 


Opera music plays in the Sequim rest rooms. They appropriately played a selection from "Carmen" when I walked in. What a wonderful small town with a great community spirit and an appreciation for every shade of purple.

Carmen







Friday, August 14, 2015

Beach Chair, 10x8 Oil on Canvas Panel Seascape



I know there are a lot of stripes in this painting: the clouds, the ocean, the surf, the beach--even the chair has stripes in it. There really isn't much you can do about it, that's the way it looked. I decided to just go with it. There was more seaweed than I'm showing, but it didn't look too pretty. The Sargasso Sea is a large mass of floating seaweed and when it drifts to our beaches, it helps anchor the sand and it provides food for small creatures. When you see a brown tangled mass on the beach, don't complain about it, just thank it.

Carmen


Sunday, August 9, 2015

Light of Dawn, 6x6 Oil on Canvas, Skyscape Over Ocean, Daily Painting



When clouds are on the horizon at dawn, the sunrise is always beautiful. It's one of the nice things about living so close to the beach. When I'm photographing a sunrise it always amazes me how fast the light and the colors change. 

Carmen

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Decorative Painting



While in Virginia I painted my daughter's armoire. I really enjoy painting furniture, and I was able to eliminate a monkey, a cat with people eyes and a dead fish, and other unsavory creatures that were painted on the armoire when she bought it.

Carmen

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Wanderer, 5x7 Abstract Collage on Paper, Matted to 8x10



This abstract is made of watercolor paint and torn textured paper, affixed to watercolor paper. It is matted in an 8x10 mat, below.


My abstracts are few and far between, but, like Zentangles, they are very relaxing and fun to do. Right now I am working on a seascape that has some problems to be worked out. Sometimes the emotional side of art gets in the way of the technical side and I have to step away, analyze, and think for a while. In nature, the sky may be beautiful, the waves impressive, and the water a brilliant color, but if I can't make it all hang together in harmony, I haven't got a painting. So...back to my thinking.

Carmen   

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Laid Back, 8x4 Oil on Canvas


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I just read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, and I am trying to apply some of its principles in my own home. The author says to tidy by category, not by room. I began with all things art-related (I can feel all you artists shuddering), and it took me four days. I found a few copies of past paintings, and the above image is one of them. I tossed several paintings that might have qualified for the MOBA (Museum of Bad Art). That is a very real, and hilarious, thing, by the way. 

I am also trying a new approach to my blog posts by not posting as frequently. This way I am decluttering the inboxes of my subscribers and taking a little pressure off myself.

Check out MOBA at http://www.museumofbadart.org/ and don't miss the comments of "Interpretators."

Carmen

Monday, July 20, 2015

Portrait, 16x20 Pencil Drawing, Graphite on Paper

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Yes, it did take a long time to do the hair, but I enjoyed every stroke. It's very different from the way I work in paint. 

I have discovered another New Zealand artist to admire--John Crump. Plein air at its best. 

Carmen